Guam is key USA military outpost now in North Korea's cross hairs

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A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in New York U.S

Trump's remarks were "a load of nonsense", said General Kim Rak-gyom, the commander of the North's missile forces, according to Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency. ABC News reported that some members of President Donald Trump's inner circle were caught by surprise by his threat that North Korea would "face fire and fury like the world has never seen" if they continue with their nuclear weapon program. December gold jumped USD16.70, or 1.3%, to settle at USD1,279.30/oz. It has seen various popular movements pushing for greater self-government or even USA statehood, most notably a significant but failed effort in the 1980s to make it a commonwealth on par with Puerto Rico.

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The contingent of B-1Bs is from the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron and recently deployed to Guam from Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota, DoD officials said.

In his comments on Tuesday, Trump said, "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States".

The United States is likely to "seriously consider" shooting down any North Korean missiles tests aimed at the waters around the USA territory of Guam, but experts warn the technology isn't guaranteed to work.

"The system's created to engage multiple targets simultaneously, so that should be quite feasible to do", Bennett said.

The US knows that a strike on North Korea would force the regime to retaliate against US allies South Korea and Japan. Residents do not pay US income taxes or vote in the general election for president, but they are USA citizens by birth. "You've got to be sure you can do what you say you're going to do", McCain said in a radio interview.

Where could North Korea strike in the US?

China, which is North Korea's closest ally despite its anger at Pyongyang's missile and nuclear programs, described the situation as "complex and sensitive", and urged calm and a return to talks.

The US Seventh Fleet now has six Aegis ballistic missile defence ships in the region capable of targeting North Korean missiles, and Japan has a further four.

Washington has warned it is ready to use force if needed to stop North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programmes but that it prefers global diplomatic action. United States bombers have flown out of Guam on their way to joint exercises with South Korea and Japan over the Korean Peninsula.

In a video of a rally in Pyongyang released by KCNA, Pak Hyong Ryol, the manager of a Pyongyang cornstarch factory, said North Koreans did not mind any kind of sanctions.

Trump's response to that news was to further fan the flames of belligerence between the US and the DPRK.

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